In October, Disney hired director Guy Ritchie to helm their upcoming live-action Aladdin remake. But the bigger question now is who’s going to play the lead roles. Twitter has already begun a campaign to cast either Priyanka Chopra or Deepika Padukone as Princess Jasmine.
Disney is on a roll with their live-action remakes of classic animated films. In March, they will release Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson. In 2016, The Jungle Book almost made a billion dollars worldwide. So yes, it makes sense for them to keep it up.
The next step, of course, is fan casting. And Twitter has clear favourites. Even though neither Priyanka, Deepika (or Frieda Pinto, whose name is also being floated around) are ethnically correct for the role, they’re still big favourites online. And for the role of Genie (originally played by the late Robin Williams) fans are setting their sights on Dwayne Johnson (who will co-star with Priyanka in Baywatch, and is remaking Robin Williams’ Jumanji).
As for Aladdin, there’s a wave of support for recent Oscar nominee Dev Patel to bag the role.
petition for disney to cast dev patel as aladdin— bela (@leonrddicaprio) February 28, 2017
Random thought: Dev Patel would be an awesome live-action Aladdin #Oscars— DA-fact-BOY ☕ (@inttROBERT) February 27, 2017
Am I the only one who thinks Dev Patel would make a great Aladdin in the new live action movie?— Fandomlicious (@fandomlicious) March 2, 2017
If Dev Patel isn't cast as Aladdin I'm rioting— justine (@justineevarney) March 1, 2017
These days, when cultural diversity is a hot topic in Hollywood, casting a white actor to play any of these roles will no doubt attract controversy. Remember #OscarsSoWhite, and that time when Leonardo DiCaprio was rumoured to be playing the Persian poet Rumi?
Here are some tweets we found:
If Hollywood doesn't cast Priyanka Chopra as Jasmine I'm never watching Disney again. IDC. I'm never letting my kids watch Disney. Nothing. pic.twitter.com/3XTfLnUFQ4— Celina Guven (@guven_celina) March 2, 2017
I want a live action Aladdin movie. Dev Patel as Aladdin and Priyanka Chopra as Princess Jasmine.— Noah Sandoval (@Noahhhplease) March 1, 2017
Idc if it's inaccurate yeah but if I don't see priyanka chopra as jasmine imma be pissed https://t.co/FQVl2SI8oD— Aizen (@Equrrah) February 11, 2017
low key (okay high key) want freida pinto as jasmine but 10/10 would take priyanka chopra too— Melissa (@melissaloparco) March 1, 2017
Deepika Padukone as Jasmine please😭😭 pic.twitter.com/TNJIYhY79t— S. (@ideepilicious) February 11, 2017
wait you're telling me they making an aladdin remake & deepika padukone wont be casted as jasmine? STOP its a waste pic.twitter.com/xSSQLLhURh— nivya (@bitterjalebi) February 11, 2017
Goddamn I would kill for Dev Patel and Deepika Padukone to be cast as Aladin and Jasmine in the Aladdin movie— s (@desibxtch) February 12, 2017
Deepika as Jasmine pls https://t.co/gKvmGQHPIo— Asif (@mangolassi93) February 13, 2017
Both Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra have made inroads into Hollywood. Priyanka stars in the popular TV show Quantico and will play the villain in May’s Baywatch movie. Deepika meanwhile, recently starred opposite Vin Diesel in xXx: Return of Xander Cage, which has made more than $300 million worldwide since its mid-January release.
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